Grief And Loss

Carpe This Diem

“Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.”

Carpe Diem, my life long words to live by.

I would never understand why my Haitian elders would say “Demain si Dieu vle” (tomorrow, if God wants). What do you mean if He wants? In my youth, there were plenty of tomorrows. Why wouldn’t He want? In my later years, I know better.

I know that in a moment, in a second one’s very existence shifts. Noise becomes silence. Yesterday becomes today. And nothing will ever be the same.

Life can become so mundane with routines and expectations. We get lost in the mire of just existing. Where holidays are the only time we set aside for “meaningful” time with loved ones. I know better, so I do better.

A random concert with friends, happy hour with colleagues, weekend birthday celebrations, Bible study with in one’s home, Friday breakfast with a loved one. Silly text messages to bring about laughter. All take planning all take energy. All worth the memories.

So in the words of the Latin poet, Horace:
<em “While we’re talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future.”

How about you Carpe this Diem.



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